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April Digital Citizenship

Our students are surrounded and immersed in media at school and at home.  How can we help our students use critical thinking skills to be media literate? Here are 5 questions that we can ask to promote media literacy.

5 Essential Media Literacy Questions:

  1. Who created the message?
  2. Why was it made?
  3. Who is paying for it?
  4. How is the message trying to get my attention?
  5. Who is represented in the message and who is missing?

Second Step

If someone is mean to you purposely, being assertive and using words are good ways to deal with the situation.  It is not okay to grab things away from others, or to call people names and hurt their feelings, even if they’ve been mean to us.  If someone calls you a name, you can ignore them or speak assertively.  If that person doesn’t stop calling you names, you should tell a grown up.

Being assertive is also a safe and respectful way to deal with other problems like being excluded.  Excluding others is not nice or respectful.  When we see others being excluded, we should invite them to play.

Taking responsibility for our actions is the respectful thing to do.  Malicious gossip is hurtful and not respectful to others.

If you would like to learn more about Second Step, the Social/Emotion Learning curriculum Canyons School District is using,  please log onto, (Links to an external site.) and create a family account.  You can then access videos, home links for lessons, etc.  In order to create a family account, you will need an access code.  Access codes are as follows:

Kindergarten: SSPK FAMI LY70

First Grade: SSP1 FAMI LY71

Second Grade: SSP2 FAMI LY72

Third Grade: SSP3 FAMI LY73

Fourth Grade: SSP4 FAMI LY74

Fifth Grade: SSP5 FAMI LY75

If you have additional questions about Second Step, please contact your child’s teacher, or our School Counselor Mary Lynne Richardson at

Volunteers Needed to Help Us Finish the School Year Strong

It’s time to spring into volunteering! With vaccination rates picking up, and the expanding availability of rapid COVID-19 testing, we are now able to safely welcome parents, grandparents, and other helpers back into our classrooms — and it couldn’t happen at a more opportune time.

As we look to finish the year strong, and make the most out of the last few months of instructional time, our teachers could use the extra hands and our students could use the extra encouragement.

“We’re at that point where, by taking the right precautions, it’s safe. And the help is needed,” said Canyons Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins. “One of the great strengths of Canyons District has been having parents and volunteers in our buildings working with our students, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be welcoming them back.”

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